Chapter 4: Administering meds

Giving medication by mouth – Under the tongue or in liquid form

I couldn’t help but think as I gave my mom her medicine and watched her face express her distaste, “How many times did she see me do this when I was little, when she had to give me my cough medicine?” I used to hate it.

Sometimes medications must be given under the tongue for a variety of reasons, for example:

  • The patient has difficulty swallowing.
  • Faster absorption into the bloodstream is needed.
  • The specific type of medication requires it.

Follow the procedures below for administering either a pill, tablet, or liquid medications under the tongue. Click the arrows to view.

Before administering the medication